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What are Digital SLR Cameras, and Why Should You Buy One?

It’s hard to walk down the street without seeing someone taking a picture with their smartphone or a compact point and shoot camera. For everyday, casual shots, these devices will usually suffice.  However, more and more people are looking for cameras that will allow them to take better quality images without breaking the bank. One of the most common questions when shopping for a camera is, “ to DSLR or not?” Until around 2005 only professionals or enthusiasts with deep pockets used digital SLR cameras.  But now the prices have fallen and are even competitive with some high-end compact point and shoot cameras, and has a wide variety of DSLR’s to choose from.

So, What is a Digital SLR?

SLR stands for Single Lens Reflex. Unlike compact point and shoot cameras, with an SLR camera, what you see is what you get.  What you’re seeing through the viewfinder is exactly what the lens sees. Once you press the shutter button, the mirror flips up and the light you saw through the viewfinder gets sent to the camera sensor.  This is the snapping sound you hear when taking the pictures. Simply put, a Digital SLR is a camera that uses mirror and interchangeable lenses and produces a much higher quality image than a compact point and shoot.

Canon EOS Rebel T5i 18MP SLR Digital Camera with  EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens from


A Lens for Every Occasion

One of the best features of a digital SLR is the ability to switch lenses.  There are numerous lenses available ranging from wide angle to super long focal lengths, each one delivering a new and exhilarating view opening up a world of possibilities to photographers. The ability to swap lenses adds to the versatility of a DSLR.  If your photography needs change, instead of needing to buy a new camera, you will only need to buy a different lens.

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Bigger is Better- Imaging Sensors That Is

The bigger the imaging sensor, the better the photograph, and the digital SLR cameras have the greater advantage over the compact point and shoots in this category as well.  This is one of the main reasons the compacts cannot match the quality of the DSLR.  A bigger imaging sensor means less noise in the photograph (noise is the grain you see in a picture).

You are in Control

Digital SLRs come with excellent auto modes built in.  However, they are designed with manual controls for those wanting maximum control over your camera’s settings.  This is perfect if you demand shallow depth-of-field effects, are taking action shots and need to take multiple shots per second, or require long exposures for special effects to name a few.

Still Undecided?

If you want a camera with limitless capabilities, excellent quality and speed then a digital SLR is just what you are looking for.  Whether you’re into action photography, shooting your kids on the go, or just frustrated by the delay when pressing the button between shots, a DSLR camera will deliver quality images at a speed up to 11 shots per second.  With a digital SLR like the Canon EOS Rebel T6 you can easily share photos and full HD videos using the built in Wi-Fi and NFC.  You have a chance to win this outstanding camera with a large 3.0 inch LCD monitor and 18.0 Megapixel CMO sensor by visiting


Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens Kit from
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